A display simulation of a 6-legged ant-like walker getting over various obstacles. The research is aimed at a planetary rover that would get around by walking. This cartoon favorite beats Mickey Mouse hands down; or rather, feet down.
By D.I. Okhotsimsky, et al, Insitute of Applied Mathematics -- USSR Academy of Science, titles translated by Stanford AI Lab and edited by Suzanne Kandra. Was a 16mm black and white, silent, 10 minutes, 1972. Digitized in 2006.
Reviewer:Eva Vikstrom -
February 10, 2008 Subject:
A Soviet Ant Takes a Walk
I'm a great fan of the "sailfilms" produced by Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in the 1960s and 1970s. They describe the early experiments in robotics, computer simulation, speech recognition etc. My favourite is this cartoon, where an ant-like monster strolls in an urban landscape. As mentioned in the details, the film was produced by the Institute of Applied Mathematics at USSR Academy of Science, and the titles were translated by Stanford AI Lab. It was first presented at The Second CISM-IFToMM International Symposium on Theory and Practice of Robots and Manipulators in Warsaw, September 1976. - The Cold war didn't prevent scientific communication. These AI pioneers seem to have had great fun together. The title of the film is "A Soviet Ant Takes a Walk".
Other wonderful sailfilms found in the Internet Archive: